St Stephens set to cut seats in Economics, English by 50%

Written by Shikha Sharma | Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 2 2014, 15:28pm hrs
St StephenStudents at St Stephen?s College on Monday. (Photo: Ravi Kanojia)
With the rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in Delhi University (DU), students seeking admission to its undergraduate courses can expect a slew of changes from a reduction in seats of popular courses to re-introduction of Programme and vocational courses. The admission process is also set to become complicated with colleges listing additional eligibility criteria for its undergraduate programme.

At St Stephens College, the number of seats for Economics is set to come down to 50 from 100.

Following the introduction of FYUP last year, seats in popular courses such as English, Economics and Mathematics had seen a jump. While some colleges had adjusted the Programme course seats in the Honours courses, others had started offering these popular courses last year.

Having announced the cut-offs for its Honours courses a few days ago, St Stephens College had come out with a provisional list of selected students. Owing to the changes in admission policy following the FYUP row, the college has been forced to exclude students provisionally selected in Economics (H) and English (H) due to reduction in its sanctioned strength.

While the sanctioned seats, under FYUP, was 100 for Economics (H), for English (H) it was 60. In 2012, the intake for these courses were 50 and 30 respectively.

In strict compliance with university guidelines, St Stephens College is now putting up a truncated list of selected candidates in accordance with the sanctioned strength in 2012. Consequently, 50 applicants who had qualified for provisional admission (in Economics Honours) will now stand excluded and 30 candidates who would have been in the English Honours list will be left out, principal Valson Thampu said.

Meanwhile, students who had opted for vocational subjects in Class XII might be at a loss with colleges applying their own additional eligibility criteria for undergraduate admissions. The university administration, earlier this year, had decided to do away with colleges imposing additional eligibility criteria.

Students opting for Mathematics (H) at Hansraj College should have scored 90 per cent in the subject in Class XII. For Economics (H) at Hansraj, the applicant should have scored 75 per cent in Mathematics while History (H) aspirants at the college are required to have scored 75 per cent marks in English.

At Ramjas College, students having subjects such as Fashion Studies, Physical Education, Entrepreneurship, Mass Media Studies and Media Production among others will not be able to include these marks while calculating the best of four.

On the other hand, vocational courses such as BA in Tourism, Office Administration and Secretariat Practice, Materials Management, Marketing Management and Retail Business, Human Resource Management and Management and Marketing of Insurance have made a come back at the College of Vocational Studies.